The Easel

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art: From the Louvre to the National Gallery, the great Romantic’s art lives through fictions

Delacroix’s energetic brush strokes and bold use of colour were a break from classical realism. His view that “cold exactitude is not art” opened a door for the Impressionists and others. Ahead of a major retrospective, a reviewer surveys some of Delacroix’s major works in Paris. “[He] was, as Baudelaire once wrote, “a volcanic crater artistically concealed behind bouquets of flowers””. A short (2 min) video is here.